Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico
Text by Kristen Gresh, Guillermo Sheridan
MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Hardback. 9.75 x 9.25 in. / 240 pages / 135 black and white images
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 01/19/19-05/12/19
all photographs copyright Graciela Iturbide.
A few of my fellow photoweenies and I visited the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston recently to view an exhibition of Graciela Iturbide’s photographs.
We all came away extremely impressed.
Graciela’s images are presented in, by today’s standards, intimate in size. Other exhibitions we have seen are populated with overly large prints, not because they need to be, but because they can be. Digital technology has allowed photographers to print images more inexpensive and much larger than their concept demands. The prints in this exhibition are of a size that amplifies the intimacy and affection Graciela has for her country and its people. The fact that Graciela will not photograph anyone without their consent, and that she spends a good amount of time with her subjects is very evident. Her understanding of the culture and people translates into every photograph.
The book that accompanies the exhibition delves deep into Graciela as an artist, her work, and her understanding of Mexican society. The MFA’s website describes the book this way, “This volume presents more than a hundred beautifully reproduced photographs, accompanied by illuminating essays inviting readers to share in Graciela Iturbide’s personal artistic journey through the country she knows so intimately.”
It is early in the year, but I believe that this exhibition should be considered as one of Boston’s best photography exhibitions this year.
I’ve included information on the exhibition and the book is below.